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UPDATE: State tracking community impacts of ice storm

December 26, 2013

Crews working around the clock to restore power for Michigan families

LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder today offered an update regarding the recent winter ice storm.

Michiganders in several counties and communities continue to suffer the effects of this past weekend's winter storm. Thousands of residents remain affected as the holiday week commences. Utility crews have been brought in from several states to assist in repairing critical electrical lines.

Unfortunately, given the severity of the storm, recovery efforts will continue to take time, but I have been assured that crews are working around the clock to restore power.

Michigan State Police began working with local emergency management partners before the storm to help ensure adequate preparation and response efforts. To date, local governments have not requested additional assistance from the state.

MSP's Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division continues to monitor the situation closely to ensure the public health and safety of Michigan citizens. The State of Michigan stands ready to offer assistance to local governments if and as requested.

We thank all responders and utility crews working so hard this holiday to restore normal operations and minimize impacts to our citizens and communities.

The American Red Cross and many local communities have established shelters and warming centers for those who have lost power. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local emergency management agency or call 211 for location information.

For a list of those resources and other important safety tips and reminders, please visit,4643,7-123--318651--,00.html.